Amanda Knox Awaits Verdict (Busy Parent Briefing)Monica Bielanko
Amanda Knox arrived in an Italian appeals courtroom just an hour ago this Monday morning, waiting to hear the verdict. Again.
The appeals court in Perugia is expected to announce whether it will reverse, reduce or extend her sentence on a 2009 murder conviction.
Knox, a Seattle native, went to Perusia, Italy to study abroad in 2007. Knox moved into a home with three other girls including 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.
In November 2007 Kercher was sexually assaulted and left for dead in her bedroom in the home she shared with Knox. Knox said she spent the night at her boyfriend’s home. But after days of interrogation Knox confessed to being in the home when Kercher died. One theory says Kercher was killed after refusing to take part in a group sex game.
In December 2009 Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of sexually assaulting and killing Kercher. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito received a 25 year sentence. Both appealed. All the while they’ve remained in jail and defiant that they had nothing to do with Kercher’s death.
Just before deliberations began, Amanda Knox tearfully told an Italian appeals court she did not kill her British roommate, pleading for the court to free her so she can return to the United States after four years behind bars.
“I’ve lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way possible…I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t there at the crime… I’m paying with my life for things that I didn’t do…She had her bedroom next to mine, she was killed in our own apartment. If I had been there that night, I would be dead…But I was not there.”
The Kerchers have arrived in a Perugia hotel and are expected to be in court for the verdict which will be broadcast live. We will bring you the results here on Strollerderby.
Have you been following this trial? What do you think?